I have always had ak's and respect the hell out of them but who can't? About a year ago I purchased a vz 58 from czechpoint and it has kept my ak in the safe! Parts are not everywhere like they are for ak's but its something different and extremely reliable. Russia was handing out ak's all over europe and allowed the czechs to keep the vz in the warsaw argreement. Basically this is another rifle that is better than the plastic squirrel shooter!